Journalist Rebellion Growing Against Out-Of-Control Barbados Police

UPDATED: December 12, 2010

The Royal Barbados Police Force are under scrutiny this week by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. We haven’t said much about that, so we’ll put up this article from 2008 that highlights one area of concern…

Original article first published December 22, 2008…

Just for the record folks, Amanda Lynch-Foster did NOT personally send this to Barbados Free Press. It has been circulating in professional journalism groups here on Barbados and *somehow* BFP received it.

A Message From Barbados Journalist Amanda Lynch-Foster

I’m sure most of us are feeling the same way today – pissed off and frustrated with the disrespect that journalists are getting. This is the third time this has happened in the last year and a half or so and I am not really happy with the responses. The Commissioner keeps saying he will investigate – we have heard that before. Last year, the former AG said we had no right on the hospital premises. Some members of the public even say we deserve it. It feels like there is a creeping disrespect for journalism and it’s coming from all sides.

So what are we going to do about it?

The first thing we should do as a matter of urgency is support our colleagues tomorrow. Cherie and Jimmy are to appear in the District A Criminal Court A in Bridgetown tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. They are supposed to get there from 9 a.m. I was speaking to Cherie a little while ago and she has said that she would really appreciate some support from journalists so I’m calling on everyone who can to make an effort to be there from 9 a.m. If you have an off-day or if your shift does not start til the afternoon or if you are on vacation, can you please just show up at court tomorrow?

I think our presence alone will be comforting to our colleagues and it will show that journalists are not just going to let this go down in silence. It would look terrible if they went through this and none of us cared enough to show up – it would make those who keep harassing us feel that they can continue to get away with it. It will only take a few hours out of our day. Now as to the longer term thing we should do – for a while now I have felt that journalists in Barbados need to have a professional association for ourselves once more. We run our blood to water speaking up on behalf of everyone else but when it comes to speaking up on our own behalf, our voice is disjointed.

Several other professions have organisations to represent their interests and speak up for them – farmers have BAS, engineers have BAPE, teachers have multiple associations, vendors have BARVEN. We have nothing and that is not good enough. What happened yesterday was the last straw in terms of convincing me that we really need an association to speak up on our behalf and to facilitate better understanding of our profession. It could also be useful in facilitating workshops and seminars and in organising an awards system so we don’t just have to depend on PAHO and the Music Awards to get awarded – we should be doing it for ourselves.

I know because we work such funny hours, it is difficult to find time for the kind of extensive meetings and planning that other organisations have, so I have a few suggestions.

▪    Instead of having weekly or even monthly meetings, we could perhaps have quarterly or bi-monthly meetings – so 4 to 6 meetings a year.

▪    We should also have a set time and place for those meetings so that it makes it easier for everyone to remember – for example, the first Sunday every two months.

▪    Have the meetings on a day that is not a big production day – perhaps on Friday nights or Sunday afternoons?

▪    If we do have just quarterly or bi-monthly meetings then we should use Facebook – a lot. Most of us spend a lot of time on FB anyhow (I does see wunna!) and we can use that to      fill the face-to-face communication gap and keep people updated.

▪    We could also establish a blog or an e-newsletter (or both) for communication purposes.

What I’d like right now is some feedback.

1.    Do you think we should restart the Barbados Association of Journalists or would you prefer a new organisation? I tend to think the first option would be easier but I will admit I hardly know anything about the workings of the BAJ because that was before I was in the profession.

2.    What day do you think would be best for meetings?

3.    What are you willing and able to do for the association? If all you can do is attend meetings, that is perfectly fine. If you have time to be the rep at your own media house and just nag your colleagues to attend meetings that is even better. If you have time to be on an executive committee and do some serious organising that is great. Let me know what you are capable and willing to do so we have an idea of how to proceed.

Based on your feedback, I will try to organise a meeting for after Christmas, near to year end.

Let us start 2009 right.

Amanda Lynch-Foster
Editorial, The Nation
Barbados

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77 responses to “Journalist Rebellion Growing Against Out-Of-Control Barbados Police

  1. J

    Dear Ms. Lynch-Foster:

    You are to be commended for seeking to do the RIGHT thing, and for encouraging others to do the same.

  2. The Scout

    Dear Ms Lynch-Foster
    While I think reviving the BAJ is a good suggestion, unless people like you can challenge your superiors to allow you a free and unbias chance to do your job, it would be a waste of time. I challenge any of you now to do some investigative journalism and feel out the mood of the bajan populace about the influx of illegal and phony legals immigrants in Barbados, especially the strong guyanese presence and the impact on the bajan culture. I anticipate you answer “who me?” Therefore when you come looking for a juicey pc of news . Get loss. Maybe the media has a case this time but I don’t care, I’ve already lose respect for most of you.

  3. Anon

    Bajan “journalists” writing to the blogs now?
    It must be a cold day in hell!

  4. The Scout

    Anon
    They just like using people, this my point. If any of them were doing investigative journalism, their would have been little use for BU or BFP. Now they playing to the public for help, when they get back on their feet, their arrogence starts back. Jokers.

  5. Hants

    BFP I am at a loss as to how your blog is being used by a profession that has been harshly critical of this blog and its “citizen journalism”.

    Was this sent to you before it was published in the Nation?

    I smell a rat?

  6. reality check

    it matters not if Barbadian journalists have avoided the blogs in the past.

    This is just more bullying behaviour and double standards by The RBPF and every citizen needs to support free speech whenever the opportunity arises.

    What happened to the other police drug dealers?

    Would Dottin simply end up like the former customs superintendent ( shot in the head ) if he tried to enforce equal justice for all?

    Time for a competent black officer who has worked overseas and returned to the island with an excellent record of service. There are a few.

  7. Hal Austin

    The anti-democratic, anti-free press behaviour of the Barbados police is nothing new. This goes back to at least the 1960s. What is new is that it is more blatant.
    What I find amazing is that politicians, lawyers, magistrates and judges have not spoken out on the need for a small country like Barbados, which historically has always treasured its open political culture, to have a free and outspoken press, limited only by the laws of libel. By their silence they have spoken.
    The press is also to blame – this being an own goal. Had the press been outspoken about the rogue elements in the police and the widespread corruption, things would not have deterioarated to this level.
    As a young man, with rum shops on both sides of my family, I remember my mother giving a senior detective money to allow gambling in our shop in the Ivy.
    The man rose to become a household name in local policing. The rot has gone too far.
    The press can start by exposing police on basic weages with lifestyles of the wealthy. As them to explain the source of their wealth.

    Hal Austin, London

  8. Cliverton Not Signed In

    Hello Hants,

    If you think about it, you would probably not be at all surprised with the support that BFP has at the Nation.

    Think about it and let’s hear your thoughts.

    Thanks,

    C

  9. Observer

    I have a lot of sympathy with the journalists” position on this case. But on the other two occasions? Not a jot – why do jounalists here think it is their right to take photographs of victims at the scene of a crash or when the victims are being taken to hospital? Most decent journalists hold back from that kind of photographs (which is why the papparazi are so vilified). How horrible it must be for those in pain and distress following an accident to have a camera lens shoved in their face by a journalist claiming that it is their right to do it. Journalists here don’t justify the title journalist – they don’t seem to have any idea how to investigate real issues

  10. Optimist Prime

    BFP,

    You see why the promised, 100-day: Freedom of Information Legislation is important? The public would be able to ask questions and there would be a duty of care on public officials to give timely answers. The question of “trespass” would not arise.

    If only the DLP has passed this Act, within 100 days as promised, especially since there is no issue of “national security here!

    Hants: “regulation and anaysis. The absence of these caused a global cisis. Unless we move fast in Barbados, well – there is 1937 & 1816, but what do I know – I am only “Optimist Prime.”

  11. To Scout, Anon, Hants et al.
    I did NOT send this to the Barbados Free Press. This was sent out in a Facebook message to my fellow media workers and was also posted on a Facebook group for Caribbean media professionals.
    Clearly someone unbeknownst to me, has copied and pasted the message and sent it on to BFP or the folks from BFP have access to either the message I sent out or the FB group on which it was posted and decided to post it in my name.
    While I appreciate the intent, I do NOT appreciate the duplicitous method used.
    Hence the various comments about the media using the BFP even after we have been rightfully critical of their approach, are way off-base. If I want to get a message out to journalists, there are several other very effective channels I can and have used.

    ****************

    BFP says,

    Hey darlin’ … no offense taken and we hope we didn’t offend you by posting something off your facebook page.

    Now… if you want us to take it down just say the word.

  12. Hants

    BFP the comment above is interesting.

    Since DigiED says the message was “NOT sent to BFP” and DigiEd says “we have been rightfully critical of their approach” I strongly reccommend you remove this entire topic from the BFP b

    They do not need your support and they are quite capable of defending themselves so BFP let us get back to the old BFP forever villified by the mainstream media and political parties even though their “operatives” use this forum in anononymity.

    We are not journalist BFP. We are the “enemy” and “should not exist” so I call for the withdrawal of this post titled Journalist Rebellion Growing Against Out-Of-Control Barbados Police.

    Hants is not a BFP owner so any licks coming because of my comments should NOT be directed at BFP.

  13. Shocked

    I also think this entire topic needs deleting. BFP should show a spine and say that they did not receive this message from the journalist herself. To be linked to a blog that writes dematory nonsense more often than not is the end of a journalist’s career. YOU people say you are anonymous out of fear for the safety for your family and jobs. Do the same courtesy to this young lady.

  14. Hants

    Shocked says

    “YOU people say you are anonymous out of fear for the safety for your family and jobs. Do the same courtesy to this young lady.”

    The young lady said she put it on the Internet.
    She said “This was sent out in a Facebook message to my fellow media workers and was also posted on a Facebook group for Caribbean media professionals.”

    You cannot blame BFP for carrying a story that is in the public domain.

    @ Shocked
    A lot of truth evolves from “dematory nonsense”.

    This is a blog and until there are laws to regulate it “freedom of expression will be pushed to the limits.”

  15. Shocked

    Hants, you are so in the tank for BFP they should make you an Editor.

  16. Juris

    BFP, you should wipe the egg off your face….just after you remove this post. But why doesn’t Digi-Ed appreciate all the help she can get?

  17. reality check

    once you have posted on the world wide web, you can’t ask people to remove it or stop people from forwarding it.

    Did you mean what you said?

    In which case, if people pick it up and run with it as something supportable, you need to take a valium. Its all good.

    Its like a church congregation. You might not get along with every member in the church but the message and fellowship should be the same.

    The medium is the message.

    The alternative is that you should remain silent and let the RBPF clobber journalists over the head, intimidate and rough them up.

  18. Adrian Hinds

    No BFP, do not remove it. DigiEd should not have any say on what is reported here. While it pains me to be seen as if i am taking sides with these spineless a-holes called Bajan Journalist, they are nevertheless, first and formost citizens of Barbados, and it is from this perspective that i raise my voice against this latest police action. If could have been any one of us, and indeed it has been for a long time.

    BFP you have done enough to demonstrate that this Double surname person did not of their free will post, or send their comments to you intending that you publish them, on their behalf. Now to hell with her and her demands. Instead she should make a worthwhile demand, that the police drop their charges against their fellow journalist.

  19. Adrian Hinds

    Bajan Journalist are such jokers. I would be ashamed to relate to anyone that the vendors are wise enough to “organize” for their mutual benefit, and the Journalist for all they vaunted “achievements” , and been celebrated as intelligent, educated, smart etc, does not have the foresight to see the wisdom of uniting is cause and purpose. Idiots all.

  20. Adrian Hinds

    @ Amanda double-surname

    Some members of the public even say we deserve it. It feels like there is a creeping disrespect for journalism and it’s coming from all sides.

    So what are we going to do about it?

    ….Try to asnwer it honestly. DigiEd response so far to this blog gives a chilling reason why SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FEEL THIS WAY ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION.

    ….Make your demands where it should matter most at this time. To the police.

  21. Adrian Hinds

    Now i assume that DigiEd is Amanda double-surname, if i am wrong so be it.
    BFP DigiEd said you are deliberately deceptive/decietfull, are you now going to give in to Amanda Double-surname DEMANDS? Do you think this will repair her perception of you? I think not! why would such matter anyway?????

  22. Hants

    @Adrian Hinds Says:
    No BFP, do not remove it. DigiEd should not have any say on what is reported here.

    Adrian BFP offered to remove it if she asked.

    BFP said above

    “Now… if you want us to take it down just say the word.”

    BFP should do what they promised.

    As a parting note I would suggest that these “professionals” work out the ground rules for crime reporting with the heirachy of the Police and the AG. First world Barbados needs to “raise the bar”.

  23. Adrian Hinds

    Hant, BFP would not be first to take back an offer. BFP in case you are thinking of honoring your offer to remove it, becuase it is, well,… the honorable thing to do, don’t forget that Amanda double-surname said your actions where duplicitous.

    Now to me duplicitous means to be deceptive and deceitful, and to do so deliberately. Uh tell yuh there is no way in heaven, hell or paradise that someone could harbour such views about me, and have me accede to their demands, no way!

    If THompy could seemly go back on his word thus far to have ITAL wuh iz so bad about BFP for refusing to now honor a request after offering to do so? chuspse. look don’t mek double-surname people feel dem dat important. I hope she looses her job for appearing to be in cahoots wid de blogs. 😀

  24. Tony Hall

    “As a parting note I would suggest that these “professionals” work out the ground rules for crime reporting with the heirachy of the Police and the AG. First world Barbados needs to “raise the bar”.

    Hants,
    I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know what has gone wrong. As far as my memory serves the police always had a very good professional relationship with the media. Commissioner Dottin has to step in now and stop this rot. What I would like to know is if the Magistrate who was at the preliminary hearing instructed the police officers present to ask the journalists not to take pictures. Hopefully the truth will come out very soon.

  25. anon

    They got what they deserved.

  26. Big Dicky Phil

    This kind of sh!t happens all the time. BFP calls a private citizen’s name and dogs them out along with the commentators here, all from the comfort of their pseudonyms and IP cloakers. Cowards and bullies masquerading as defenders of transparency and truth. ‘Adrian Hinds’ is also showing his true ass colours in hoping for someone to lose their job. This website is a mockery of all the principles it claims to represent.

  27. anon

    Is this the same Tony Hall who is always in the corner of the Police no matter what?

  28. Adrian Hinds

    Big Dicky Phil Says:
    This kind of sh!t happens all the time. BFP calls a private citizen’s name and dogs them out along with the commentators here, all from the comfort of their pseudonyms and IP cloakers. Cowards and bullies masquerading as defenders of transparency and truth. ‘Adrian Hinds’ is also showing his true ass colours in hoping for someone to lose their job. This website is a mockery of all the principles it claims to represent.
    ==============================================

    Can’t we factually say the same for any number of persons in Barbados? Everything is always hush hush. Names deserved to called, people need to be accountable, you will never get the change we all are agitating for if we continue with these feeble approaches to every situation.

    B.D. Phil you are just spouting invectives, that on close scrutiny are without weight and meaning. Where is your proof that I am hiding behind pseudonyms and IP cloakers, and that i am ALWAYS hoping that someone lose their job? What exactly have i done that could reasonably define my actions as bullying?

  29. Adrian Hinds

    I am a big man and i am not above apologizing for someting said in poor taste particularly if it does not convey my true or stong feelings about a situation.

    If is not my intent to see Amanda fired from her job, it was a joke make in very poor tast, be that as it may, I still hold the view and strongly so, that BFP should NOT remove this thread.

    If Amanda was to loose her job over this, it would only reflect on her bosses and give credence to the opinions that although small societies can produce giants of men and women on the world stage, no small society that is infested with the level of narrow mindedness that can be so defined by any dismissal action brought about by the actions of BFP in this particular thread, can ever hope to set any meaningful agenda, and carry it to fruition on the world stage. It would also help to explain why others are able to purchase them and they can’t purchase anyone or anything. such action takes vision, and the willingness to enlargen your minds view beyond the present day.

  30. 91

    Farce! Journalists say they want change but do they really mean it? How many atteneded the FOI Act meetings? Did Amanda Lynch-Foster
    attend any meetings?

    Who says “DigiEd” is Amanda Lynch-Foster?

    Pack of jokers.

  31. Marcus Not Signed In

    What an interesting discussion.

    We have a journalist who sent out an email and facebook posting onto the internet – where things are copied, forwarded, cut and pasted, commented upon and forwarded again and again and now she wants to control who sees it?

    The author states that the letter was addressed to … “Caribbean media professionals”

    Here is what she said… “I did NOT send this to the Barbados Free Press. This was sent out in a Facebook message to my fellow media workers and was also posted on a Facebook group for Caribbean media professionals.”

    Well, Darlin’, a few of those Caribbean media professionals sent it along to Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground who both published the story.

    Question… did you really think that when you posted it on an open FaceBook page, you could retain control of the readers?

    And frankly, we thought you would be delighted to have the support of the Barbados news outlet with the largest online readership on the island (that’s us… Barbados Free Press – yes, we have a larger daily online audience than the Nation – way larger.)

    But I guess you hate and fear the blogs so much that you can’t even see what is in the best interest of your “professional” media anymore.

    You want to censor the news from our blog readers!

    Let’s put it this way, DARLIN’….

    It is news. We ran with it and so far almost 20,000 people have read it – far more than have read it anywhere else.

    That, Darlin’, is reality on the internet and on Barbados blogs. It may not be the reality that you desire or are comfortable with, but it is nonetheless, reality.

    Welcome to the new media. The article stays.

    Marcus,
    Editor in Chief
    Barbados Free Press – The most popular and most widely-read Bajan internet news site in the world.

  32. Tony Hall

    Yes Anon!!

  33. Observer

    “Marcus” now kill me dead. Hahahaha. I do believe the Nation has more online readers than BFP though – come on.

    *******************************

    BFP says,

    Nope. We’re #1 by about a 24% margin. Like it or not.

    We also have a higher worldwide readership with a correspondingly higher proportion of readers in the educational institutions and financial community subgroups.

  34. MANJAK

    Oh dear me.
    To quote Rev. Wright on white America the chickens have come home to roost.The belated demo by the reactionary lickspittle Bajan journalists suggests that they may have finally woken up from the writing slumber that they have pracised over the years.
    Journalists and the press have a critical role to play in society, they must speak truth, inform, and educate. One of their principle roles must be to hold an unrelenting spotlight on corruption and malfeasance whenever and wherever it presents its ugly and corroding self.

    Bajan journalists over the years have collectively failed to do such but rather have been content to feed the public trivia, homophobia, religious claptrap and conservative sentiment. The Bajan public have been fed a diet of vile gruel or as the British investigative journalist Nick Davies terms it ‘churnalism’.
    Bajan scribes and scribblers have been content to brown nose white corporate Barbados, vulgar and semi literate third rate politicans, expat money men and eye rolling frothing at the mouth bible bashers. The Harold Hoytes et al. have much to be responsible for.
    Roughed up and manhandled at the QEH and of recent pushed about and humiliated by police thugs of the so called (Royal ???) Barbados Police Force they have belatedly shown some opposition. Maybe, just maybe the recent thuggery of the boneheaded Bajan police may engender some balls in proprieters and journalsts to do the right thing, to hold the politicians, the corrupt, and the police feet to the furnaces. They can begin by requesting that the Minister under whose brief policing falls to address the corruption and out of control Bajan police behaviour.
    They should also call unequiviocally for the resignation of the Police Commissioner Dottin and the Director of Public Prosecution Leacock. They are tainted men who have forfeited all respect and confidence.

  35. me

    Oh, good grief. This is just another example of why blogs have a bad name.

    BFP, you offered to remove it, and now are dishonourably refusing to honour that offer.

    I don’t necessarily agree completely with Amanda’s position either, but it doesn’t make sense recasting the exchange as a who’s-the-bigger-idiot competition and then boasting that you won.

    BFP is important. Blogging is a crucial institution internationally. But there’s a difference between *important* and *self-important*.

  36. RRRicky

    You want “self important” me? Look at the professional journalists in Barbados who steal stories from the bloggers and won’t admit blogs exist. Barbados Underground and Free Press have dragged the Barbados news media kicking and screaming to report many stories that were being covered up by the news media. 3S was a big one. As far as I’m concerned the “professional” media brought this disrespect upon themselves with their “self importance”. The professional media is less relevant than it ever was and it is their own fault.

  37. Adrian Hinds

    me Says:
    Oh, good grief. This is just another example of why blogs have a bad name.

    ============================================

    Really! People who have similar views of the blogs as yours are outnumbered in all societies, all. You are not credible on this point.

  38. Rohan

    Haha,
    Marcus, I’m with you on this one.

    Did she really post her letter in a Facebook GROUP for Caribbean Journalists and now want the blogs to take it down?

    That’s like sending out a chain email letter and then getting mad at the 106th person to pass it on!

    I guess I could understand her larger beef that it was not initially clear that she didn’t send it to BFP, but that’s not nearly enough to get the entire story retracted.

    Way to stay firm Marcus.

  39. Arthur

    A few years ago the Caribbean Association of Journalists held their meeting in Barbados and Barbadian journalists were the only ones not represented by an association. Was DigiEd there to make the point?

  40. J

    Dear Arthur:

    Amanda wrote “but I will admit I hardly know anything about the workings of the BAJ because that was before I was in the profession.”

    Therefore I think it is quite unfair of you to suggest that DigiEd failed because she did not attend the meeting.

    Maybe DigiEd was a schoolgirl the last time the Caribban Association of Journalists met in Barbados

  41. J

    Dear BFP and Adrian HInds:

    It was duplitious of BFP to post a comment under Ms. Lynch-Foster’s name giving the impression that she had sent it to you.

    It is not only duplitious.

    It is deceitful

    It is dishonrest

    It is immoral

    When we are in court BFP (and Adrian Hinds) we are sworn to tell the truth the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth.

    That is the Judeo-Christian moral standard to which we are all called to live.

    BFP is young and may yet learn.

    Adrian Hinds is very likely beyond redemption.
    *********************************

    BFP Replies…

    “duplitious” ? You probably mean duplicitous.

    No, we weren’t duplicitous – it was merely an oversight that we corrected right away. One thing with publishing a blog that we learned 3 years ago, if we make a mistake readers will soon bring it to our attention. That being so, it would be foolish to print something and deliberately claim it was written to us, or by us when it was not. It was a simple oversight, a mistake, and if you don’t want to believe that then that is your problem not ours. It also perfectly illustrates your mindset and agenda.

    But we leave your comments up here so folks can make their own decision about our intentions and the veracity of anything we say.

    Quite unlike the Nation who have been proven to plagiarise from the blogs without attribution.

  42. J

    Manjak wrote “Bajan journalists over the years have collectively failed to do such but rather have been content to feed the public trivia, homophobia, religious claptrap and conservative sentiment.”

    Dear Manjak I don’t think tha you can honestly say that Ms. Lynch-Foster has ever written trivia, homophobia, religious claptrap nor conservative sentiment.

    I would have though that you and other elders on this blog would have congratulated the young lady for standing beside her colleagues and encouraging others to do so.

    We want our society to be better, we spend a lot of time and money educating the younger education and yet when they grow up to become reasonable people of independent thought we seek to put them down.

  43. J

    Dear BFP:

    You wrote “Just for the record folks, Amanda Lynch-Foster did NOT personally send this to Barbados Free Press”

    Isn’t it time that you show that you are real men (Shona too) and write a real apology to Ms. Lynch-Foster?

    The tongue in cheek sentence above is woefully inadequate.

  44. J

    Dear Ms. Lynch-Foster:

    I’ll say it again. You are to be commended for seeking to do the right thing.

    Cherie and Jimmy are innocent unless the prosecution is able to PROVE otherwise.

    Our magistrates are pretty sensible people.

    Your are right for seeking to start or restart an association of and for journalists in Barbados.

    A well managed professional association will work to enhance the skills of its members, will share information about professional and or educational opportunities, and will be an opportunity for older, more experienced or better educated journalists to mentor younger people coming into the PROFESSION.

    It will be a win-win situation for journalists, their employers and for us the reading/paying public.

    Don’t mind Adrian Hinds/BFP and other anonymous bloggers who really should know better. I doubt that the Nation takes employment advice from Adrian. I am sure that the Nation values your contribution as a well educated young journalist who also has the MORAL BACKBONE to stand up for what is RIGHT. I am sure that the Commissioner of Police also values the contribution of your profession. Because take note the police did not coverup for the young cocaine accused. His own colleagues investigated him and when they had reasonable and probable cause to believe that he was dealing cocaine, charges were brought against him. Now I have faith that the courts will deal justly with him.

    Believe me all this is helping to restore the faith of Barbadians in our important civic institutions. The media, the courts and the police.

    BFP seems to believe that mainstream newspapers will die or should die because of the blogs. This will NOT happen. When computers became everyday tools people predicted the death of books and libraries. That has not hapened and it won’t happen.

    I wish you and other members of the profession all the best for Christmas and 2009.

    And to all good policemen *and women) all the best to you too.

  45. akabozik

    Give it up J. You floggin a dead horse. BFP did what was necessary an it was a oversight I believe them.

    Go to BU who posted the same thing in the same way an be unreasonable wit they too. You don’t have a husband no more do you? Chaaaaa! No wonder!

  46. Juris

    That was pretty uncharitable to J on a day like this coming from akabozik. Is it so hard to disagree without getting personally offensive? A Merry Christmas to fellow bloggers and their loved ones!

  47. akabozik

    What you say Juris? it be OK for J to call BFP are LIARS on Christmas Eve, say they not Christian, not real men, deceitful, dishonest and immoral when all they did was make a small mistake and corrected it right away.

    It is ok for J to say all that but not ok for me to say she is unreasonable and her husband leave for that reason to?

    J’s husband left her cause she nag nag nag nag nag. Ev’body knows. You wanna give some unfairly here you take some too!

  48. Juris

    Are you BFP as I have long suspected, akabozik? If they did not take offence, why did you? And what has someone’s marital relations got to do with you? Are you a man or a woman?

  49. West Side Davie

    How does akabozik know who J is and that her man left her?

  50. Adrian Hinds

    @ J

    You said
    “Don’t mind Adrian Hinds/BFP and other anonymous bloggers who really should know better. I doubt that the Nation takes employment advice from Adrian. I am sure that the Nation values your contribution as a well educated young journalist who also has the MORAL BACKBONE to stand up for what is RIGHT. I am sure that the Commissioner of Police also values the contribution of your profession. Because take note the police did not coverup for the young cocaine accused. His own colleagues investigated him and when they had reasonable and probable cause to believe that he was dealing cocaine, charges were brought against him. Now I have faith that the courts will deal justly with him.

    Believe me all this is helping to restore the faith of Barbadians in our important civic institutions. The media, the courts and the police.
    ====================================

    I hate to do this as i hat all language mavens, but, by using the conjoining part of speech “and” in your first sentence you have suggested that I am an “anonymous” poster. Where is your proof J?

    …..However you are correct on the Nation and advise from me. I have none to offer, and don’t care much what they publish or do, not a cent of mine willingly goes toward any of their business enterprises. The rest of your comments is a litany of what you claim to be “sure” about although no proof of such is given, and your beliefs for whatever such is worth. How about some facts, and the reasoning that led you to them? Chuspe! Looka uh gine and get my sweat on.

  51. J

    Akabozik wrote “You don’t have a husband no more do you? ”

    You want to propose???

    Are you jealous because I am a well organized person?

    I had a very nice Christmas with plenty of time to do all the usual and still plenty of time to blog.

  52. J

    Juris wrote “That was pretty uncharitable to J on a day like this coming from akabozik.”

    Dear Juris:

    Thanks for being such a gentleman (smooch!! smooch!! smooch!!

    But I can do all my usual Christmas stuff, find time to blog, and beat up on the akabozik’s of this world with one hand tied behind my back.

  53. J

    Dear Juris:

    You wrote “Are you BFP as I have long suspected, akabozik?… Are you a man or a woman?”

    Dear Juris:

    Probably NIETHER.

  54. J

    Dear West Side Davie:

    You wrote “How does akabozik know who J is and that her man left her?”

    Thanks for your somewhat defense.

    akabozick wishes that he slept with me on Christmas night, that’s all.

    But it will be a cold day in hell before that happens.

  55. RRRicky

    How did akabozik know about J? That is curious. The only thing I can think of is that akabozik and J know each other and know who each other is. Sometimes it is a strange world on this blog.

  56. Adrian Hinds

    J Says:
    Dear West Side Davie:

    You wrote “How does akabozik know who J is and that her man left her?”

    Thanks for your somewhat defense.

    akabozick wishes that he slept with me on Christmas night, that’s all.

    But it will be a cold day in hell before that happens.

    Posted on December 27, 2008 at 1:53 am
    ==============================================

    Am i to be surprise, that you are caught up in such discussions?

    Who slept with whom!
    who is likely to sleep with you and under what conditions!
    Suggesting that someone is the son of no man, no proof given!
    Suggesting that Someone is not a real man!
    ..the willingness to individually reply to each contributor to a thread

    These are the comments and behaviour that i would associate with someone raised in an envoirnment where gossiping about and with thy neighbour, cussing thy neighbour, vilification of thy male family and neighbours, and other emotional horangue is a constant thoughtout the day.

  57. Adrian Hinds

    J Says:
    Dear BFP and Adrian HInds:

    It was duplitious of BFP to post a comment under Ms. Lynch-Foster’s name giving the impression that she had sent it to you.

    It is not only duplitious.

    It is deceitful

    It is dishonrest

    It is immoral

    When we are in court BFP (and Adrian Hinds) we are sworn to tell the truth the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth.

    That is the Judeo-Christian moral standard to which we are all called to live.

    BFP is young and may yet learn.

    Adrian Hinds is very likely beyond redemption.
    *********************************

    The charge of duplicitousness, has been voided by a disclaimer, and even before that, the requested action “to writ” remove the article altogether, was unnessary, uncalled for and at it’s core, driven by the negative impressions that Amanda double surname has of the blogs which she alluded too.

    BTW: whose redemption am I beyond? If yours, please call it by it’s real name (control) your control. Yes this dog would never wag his tail at the sight of you. 😀

  58. J

    Adrian hinds wrote “vilification of thy male family”

    ALL the MEN in my family are scholars and gentlemen.

  59. Adrian Hinds

    J
    December 29, 2008 at 3:57 am
    Adrian hinds wrote “vilification of thy male family”

    ALL the MEN in my family are scholars and gentlemen.
    ==============================
    I am happy for you and for your male family members. I don’t envy their approach of being nice to you and therefore being seen as such by you. They probably figured out that it doesn’t make much sense engaging the wrath of someone who wallows in the type of personal gender base smear talk you are known for. 😀 😀

  60. Optimist Prime

    BFP should investigate why – not yet a year in office – and DLP bloggers are shying away from discussing “political issues.”

    Could it be that they are so “shamed” and “disappointed” with the dismal performance of the DLP – that they desperately want to convince themselves that the BLP is not an effective Opposition?

    Should Barbadians make it easy by lowering their expectation on “performance,” “change” and good governance?”

    Can someone say on what basis did DLP Ministers accept a six per cent pay increase, especially when they are not performing – as confirmed by Mr. Thomposon’s historic, ten-month Cabinet Reshuffle?

  61. Hants

    @ Optimist Prime
    December 29, 2008 at 8:17 pm
    BFP should investigate why – not yet a year in office – and DLP bloggers are shying away from discussing “political issues.”

    Don’t complain. OP. You and your BLPites can have the blog all to yourselves.

    Share all de licks yuh want. BFP en easing up pon de ITAL and FOI.

  62. Optimist Prime

    Is Optimist Prime being moderated or is it something in my last attempt to post?

  63. Optimist Prime

    Ok, I see! Sorry about that BFP.

  64. ROK

    Certainly glad you did not remove it.

  65. areuanidiot?

    THIS IS THE LAST TIME I AM ASKING ADRIAN HINDS TO CEASE AND DESIST FROM CALLING MY NAME; COMMENTING ON MY BLOG OR OTHERWISE MALIGNING ME.

    You have been warned and I am ready to serve you with a writ for “stalking” me, harassment and a number of other issues relative to libel, defamation regarding you and your little people. I do not know you, did I treat you with disdain? If so, it is perhaps because I dislike and disrespect you as a human being. I have contacted attorneys on this. Leave me alone Mr hinds, you are not MY TYPE! I do not like undereducated rabble rousers and gossipers, I like people with INTELLECT!

    feel free to check isp address , I do not care!
    You know who I am, but better yet , I WILL FIND YOU AND MY ATTORNY WILL SERVE YOU AND THE BLOGS YOU WORK FOR. AND I HAVE REPORTED YOU ON FACEBOOK! You cannot force me to like you or share your shallow opinions.

  66. What?

    What blog are you? Stupse!

  67. areuanidiot?

    Adrian, one thing I know for sure as you “apologize” but do not remove your “poor taste” comments/apology on my colleague Amanda, to keep it out of the minds’ (collective) of the people, is that you are not a journalist. Or is it that you have you have something against us PROFESSIONAL HIGHLY EDUCATED WOMEN OF INTELLECT??

    END OF STORY.
    Kim Young MA (leic)

  68. areuanidiot?

    MODERATE ME AND I WILL POST ELSEWHERE AS I HAVE DONE WORLDWIDE ON YOU!
    Kim Young

    (no more of wasting time with you though, 2009. I did not even think of you for a nanosecond in 2008)

    you have a way of re-inventing yourself negatively, maybe you should see a priest!

  69. Kim J Young MA (Leic)

    to: “What?”

    come out of the veil of anonymity YOU COWARD, and be a man or woman or whatever you are.
    This does not help journalism, it promotes gossip.
    That is an altogether different genre of study at MA level.

    Praise God I am a born and bred Brit and I am not stuck here and I will leave Adrian, yes I am holding my ticket in my hand as we speak so bullocks!

  70. grump

    Will somebody tell me who this Kim J Young MA (Leic) person is and the “areuanidiot?” person is and what argument they have with Adrian Hinds? And how it found it way here?

    Very confusing for me and others I am sure.

  71. Dick Hertz BAss (Standpipe)

    Seems that Adrian Hinds got a thing for Ms Young.

  72. The Scout

    Is this the kind of postings these “journalistic Johnnie Come Lately”people are bringing to BFP? No woder the media in so much shamble. I wish Amanda good luck, she needs it to deal with those jokers

  73. Adrian Hinds

    ha ha ha ha I had totally forgotten this mental case one Kim Young still existed. But wait bosey when was the last time until now that i called her name on the internet?

    Kim you are indeed a nut case. You made a bold prediction leading up to the general election that if David Thompson wins you will be leaving the island. It is approaching a year and am i to believe that you are still in Barbados? It took you that long to buy a ticket? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    @ grump I am at a lost as to how Kim’s crazy comments has anything to do with this post, unless the person posting as J is also Kim Young.

    @Dick Hertz BAss (Standpipe)
    Certainly not the case as Kim say’s i am a tall black ugly man, and the picture on her blog depicts a beautiful woman, and i am assuming it is her. ha ha ha ha
    …..But read the comments on this blog attributed to 4dr14n Hind5 to get the truth of what maddenly ticked her off.

    http://labourparty.wordpress.com/2007/11/30/found-a-nice-ditty-on-youtube/#comment-16546

  74. mark r

    Are the people of Barbados contented with there present situation, because every article you read there is some negative comment about the Royal Barbados Police Force; or the present government. It, is time that the people in Barbados take a close look at what is going on in the world, and ask themselves the question, is not Barbados one of the most progessive island in the caribbean. Do the people have a respect for the institutions in comparison to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
    Well it is time to give credit where credit is due, because Barbados could have likely been one of those countries on the African continent; with a high HIV rate, lack of good education and healthcare for its people.

  75. J

    I am NOT Kim Young.